Alvaro Naddeo’s “AmeriCan’t” Closes Out June at Thinkspace Projects Culver City

 

ALVARO NADDEO
AmeriCan’t
June 30, 2018 – July 21, 2018
Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is AmeriCan’t, featuring new works by Brazilian born and Los Angeles-based artist Alvaro Naddeo. Interested in the study of castaway objects and the subtle graphic nuances of urban detritus gleaned from the city sphere, the artist combines its textures and edges in compositional amalgams. His interest in the life of the unassuming object extends to billboards and signage, cast away containers and boxes, and domestic and industrial spaces, conjoined and superimposed in unexpected mashups, or cultural relics that speak of use and disposal in the contemporary city.

Working primarily in watercolor on paper, Naddeo achieves an impressive level of hyperrealistic rendering, bestowing unexpected poetry to the lowly remnants of the city’s waste and urban recesses. Naddeo’s works offer a commentary on the excessive momentums of contemporary consumerism, while his imagery explores the decay and deterioration of the city-worn.

ALVARO NADDEO INTERVIEW ON TONER MAGAZINE

Toner Magazine recently interviewed Thinkspace Family artists Alvaro Naddeo.
Naddeo started showing with Thinkspace last year and has received a massive positive response from the community. His thought-provoking work connects with people from all walks of life as they reflect on consumerism, mobility, identity, and more.

Jump over to the Toner Magazine website to read the full interview.

Where do you get your inspiration?

On the aesthetic level, I’m really inspired by everyday marginalized, urban, quotidian objects, and inspired by trying to find an angle or a composition where those uninteresting objects obtain a new and compelling beauty. I’m also fascinated by the natural decay of those elements, observing how everything loses its original color, shape, and texture, how sunlight, heat, rain, humidity wind and time add an organic and particular texture to them.

On a political level, I’m inspired by the opportunity to share my point of view of the world and to connect with people who think alike. Its very interesting to me to use art as an instrument for criticizing the things I see and disagree, like overconsumption, social inequality, programmed obsolescence and the consequence they have over the exploited third world countries, nature and planet as a whole.  – Alvaro Naddeo for Toner Magazine

Alvaro Naddeo’s next solo exhibition with Thinkspace Projects opens June 30th!

Andy Kehoe’s “PRISMATIC” & Alvaro Naddeo’s “Not Forgotten” Opening Night

The opening of Andy Kehoe’s “PRISMATIC” and Alavaro Naddeo’s “Not Forgotten”  filled the gallery with artists friends and art enthusiasts to view both beautiful collections of work. Kehoe’s magical dreamscape world is multilayered with texture and glittering landscapes that can be truly appreciated in person. The imagination runs wild amongst the trees and seaside coasts that Kehoe creates.  In the project room, Naddeo’s work continues to explore the items and values that shape one’s identity in urban environments, informed by a nomadic life.

Both artists work is now on view until October 21st , Tuesday through Saturday noon to 6pm

The view all available works from Andy Kehoe and Alvaro Naddeo please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Please note Thinkspace Gallery will be closed, Saturday, October 14th. 

Interview with Alvaro Naddeo for “Not Forgotten”

Thinkspace is proud to present Not Forgotten from Alvaro Naddeo in the Project Room opening September 30th. This is Naddeo’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, only months after exhibiting a few works in the Thinkspace Gallery office. A rotating area of the gallery featuring works from new artists to the Thinkspace fold, or returning pieces from group exhibitions across the globe. Naddeo is a self-taught painter whose works explore various urban environments and the objects found in them that have shaped his memory and imagination. Autobiographical in nature, the compositions contain symbolic references to his own nomadic past and his transition through the landscapes of several different cities and countries. We interviewed Alvaro Naddeo for “Discarded” back in March where we deep dived into his creative process, today we explore more of the artist.

SH: You recently showed in our office space in March, and now a solo in the project room, what can we expect from this new body of work?
AN: This new body of work is, in my opinion, an extension and an evolution of what Thinkspace showed at the office space earlier this year. The theme, tone, voice, and medium are the same, but the ideas got pushed further and the exploration was broader. I like this new series a lot more than the previous one (which I like too!). I believe the composition of these paintings is cleaner and the concepts are clearer. I’m very happy with this body of work.

SH: What do you think is the role of the artist in society?
AN: I believe the role of the artist in society is to provoke, question, raise concerns and share thoughts about the society we live in. Most artists are very good at making observations on what’s going on in the world, pass those observations through a personal filter, and then put them back out there by sharing them with society. All of that while celebrating aesthetics.

SH: How do you approach each piece in a new way that challenges you as an artist, and motivates you to push your artistic voice?
AN: Each piece is more challenging than the previous ones because I’m looking for new ways to express a similar thought. I always want the recent pieces to look better and fresher than the previous ones, so that’s another challenge.

My motivation comes from the desire to express myself. I’m a shy person but I do have an opinion and I like to share it with others and since I don’t do it much verbally, I feel motivated to do it through painting. I’m also motivated by the connection that is formed with people who like what I paint. I feel that the group of people that my paintings connect with are really interesting. It seems that they are a very small fraction of the general public, but they are very engaged and intense.

SH: What plays in the background while you’re working on a composition?
AN: I listen to a lot of podcasts from Brazil and the US. Sometimes a little music plays, but mostly podcasts.

SH: Who would you want to collaborate with, dead or alive? The person can be in any area of the arts; film, dance, music etc.
AN: I would love to collaborate with Pixar. I hope John Lasseter has a google alert for every time his name appears somewhere and he receives this interview and checks out my art!

SH: How have you grown as an artist in the last 5 years and how do you hope to grow in the following 5?
AN: The improvement I’ve experienced in the last 5 years as an artist is huge, not necessarily because of where I am now, but mostly because of where I was then. I don’t show almost anyone what I was doing 5 years ago. It was clearly necessary to go through that and to paint those pieces to get where I am now. That’s normal. That’s the journey of most self-taught artists. It takes a while to figure out many things. There is so much to learn in terms of technique, composition, color use, scale, etc. In the next 5 years, I wish to grow, even more, improving my technique, learning to draw better, and also to be able to paint more hours than I do now.

SH: If you had a dinner party, who would be the guest of honor? What would be the menu? And what is the one question you’d ask all your guests?
AN: I would have three guests of honor: Kurt Vonnegut, Julio Cortázar, and Stanley Kubrick. Dinner would be whatever they like and sushi for me. The question would be: How would you like to improve as a person?

SH: Answer the question you would ask all your guests.
AN: I want to be able to always and constantly desire less of everything and to continue being grateful for everything good that happens to me.

Join us for the opening reception of Not Forgotten on September 30th from 6 to 9pm.

ALVARO NADDEO Alvaro Naddeo’s “Not Forgotten” Opens at Thinkspace Gallery September 30th

ALVARO NADDEO
NOT FORGOTTEN
September 30 – October 21, 2017

Concurrently on view in the project room is Not Forgotten, featuring new works by Los Angeles-based Alvaro Naddeo. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Naddeo is a self-taught painter whose work explores all manner of objects drawn from the various urban environments that have shaped his memory and imagination. Autobiographical in nature, the work contains symbolic references to his own nomadic past and his transitions through the landscapes of several different cities and countries.

Much of Naddeo’s work focuses on his societal concern over rampant consumption and waste, as well annexation and poverty, depicting accumulations of objects and detritus drawn from the city. Not Forgotten is Naddeo’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. A 20-year veteran in advertising and art direction, Naddeo has reapplied himself to the creation of his own work after a substantial hiatus. Creating primarily with watercolor on paper, the level of detail he can convey captures the humanity of these inanimate urban remnants with true soul, tinged with a subtle feeling of melancholy and loss.